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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

Panasonic presented it's first pocket-book sized travel radio with shortwave coverage in 1980, the RF-085 was a concurrent of Sony's ICF-7600. The Panasonic RF-085 provided shortwave coverage from 2,25-18,6 MHz in three bands, virtually bandspread, but it was offered at half of the price of the Sony set. A similar offering in Europe was the RF-788L with a similar design, two shortwave bands and additional longwave coverage.
With ten shortwave bands with a very useful bandspread in addition to the common FM and mediumwave bands, the RF-B50 came very near to Sony's rival, it had an impressive coverage of all shortwave bands from tropical bands to 13m.
The neat miniature size RF-9L with six shortwave bands from 49 - 16 m was replaced by the RF-B10 with similar specifications, the RF-B20 was a double conversion set with analog dial and the RF-B40 a miniature double conversion synthesized receiver with direct frequency entry keypad. The RF-B60 was slightly bigger and was equipped with narrow tuning steps, more station memories and timer / clock functions. The RF-B65 - the upper end of the travel radio range - could be used for SSB reception by means of a BFO and had fine tuning capabilities added. It was very similar to the famous similarly priced ICF-7600D from Sony.
In the meantime, Panasonic left the multiband shortwave travel radio market, the sets described below can only be bought as second hand bargains.

Travel Radios

RF-085: single conversion, FM, MW, 3xSW 2,25 - 18,6 MHz, analog dial
RF-788L (1979): single conversion, FM, LW, MW, 2xSW 2,25-18,6 MHz, analog dial
RF-9L: single conversion, FM, LW, MW, 6xSW 5,9-18 MHz, analog dial
RF-B50 L (1984): single conversion, FM, LW, MW, 7 x SW 49 - 13 mb, analog, two bandwidths
International variant: RF-B50 :FM, MW, SW 120-60mb, 7 x SW 49 - 13 mb,
RF-B10 (1986): single conversion, FM, MW, 6 x SW 49 - 16 mb, analog dial
RF-B20DL (1986): double conversion, FM, LW, MW, 6 x SW 49 - 16 mb, analog dial
RF-B40DL (1987): double conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW 1,6-30 MHz, digital frequency readout 5 kHz, 27 memories
RF-B60DL (1986): double conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW 1,6-30 MHz, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 36 memories, clock/timer
RF-B45 (1991): double conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW 1,6-30 MHz, digital frequency readout 5 kHz, SSB, fine Tuning, 18 memories
RF-B65DL (1989): double conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW 1,6-30 MHz, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, SSB, fine Tuning, 36 memories, clock/timer
RF-B55 (1999): single conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW 1,7-30 MHz, digital frequency readout 5 kHz, fine Tuning, 18 memories FM and SW, 9 memories LW and MW